Bevel Gears

Bevel Gears

A Bevel Gearbox has an advantage over the Worm Gear because its efficiency is much higher. Yet another advantage being bevel gears is that bevel gears gives you the flexibility of right angle solution at a lower ratio.

For shafts whose axes intersect straight bevel gears are best suited. They also perform admirably under high speeds and high loads. As mentioned earlier they are the apt choice for right-angle drive particularly low ratios. Nevertheless their complicated tooth form and fabrication limits precision.

The ratio of a helical or bevel gear set is simply by the number of teeth in thelarger gear divided by the number of teeth in the smaller gear. For example, a gear set with 36 teeth in the larger gear and 12 teeth in the smaller gear has 3:1 ratio.

Application of Bevel


Bevel and hypoid gears may be used to transmit power between shafts at practically any angle and speed. The particular type of gearing best suited for specific job, however depends on the mounting and the operating conditions.

Straight and Zerol Bevel gear


For peripheral speeds upto 1000 feet per minute, where maximum smoothness and quietness are not primary considerations, straight and Zerol bevel gears are recommended.For such applications, plain bearings may be used for radial and axial loads, although the use of anti-friction bearings are always preferable. Plain bearings permit a more compact and less espensive design; one reason why straight and Zerol bevel gears are much used in differentials. This type of bevel gearing is the simplest to calculate and set up for cutting, and is ideal for small lots where fixed charges must be kept to a minimum.

Zerol bevel gears are recommended for use in place of srtraight bevel gears :

Spiral Bevel and Hypoid gear


Spiral bevel and hypoid gears are recommended for applications where peripheral speeds exceed 1000 feet per minute or 1000 revolutions per minute, whichever occurs first .In many instances they may be used to advantage at lower speeds, particularly where extreme smoothness and quietness are desired. For peripheral speeds above 8000 feet per minute, ground gears should be used.

For large reduction ratios the use of spiral an hypoid gears will reduce the overall size of installation since continuous pitch in contact of these gears makes it practical to obtain smooth performance with smaller number of teeth in the pinion than is possible with straight or Zerol bevel gears.

Hypoid gears are recommended for industrial applications :


Bevel and hypoid gears may be used for both speed-reducing and speed-increasing drives. In speed-increasing drives, however the ratio should be kept as low as possible and the pinion mounted on anti-friction bearings; otherwise bearing friction will cause the drive to lock.

Types of Bevel Gear


Bevel gears are conical gears, that is ,gears in the shape of cones, and are used to connect shafts having intersecting axes. Hypoid gears are similar in general form to bevel but operate on axes that are offset, straight-tooth type or of the curved toot type. The latter type includes spiral bevels, Zerol bevels, and hypoid bevels. The following is a brief description of the distinguishing characteristics of the different types of bevel gears.

Straight Bevel Gear:

The teeth of this most commonly used type of bevel gear are straight but their sides are tapered so that they would intersect the axis at a common point called pitch cone apex if extended inward. The face cone elements of most straight bevel gears, however are now made parallel to the root cone elements of mating gear to obtain uniform clearance along the length of the point inside the pitch cone. Straight bevel gears are easiest to calculate and are economical to produce.

Straight bevel gear teeth may be generated for full length contact or for localized contact. The latter are slightly convex in length wide direction so that some adjustment of the gears during assembly is possible and small displacements due to load reflections can occur without undesirable load concentration o the ends of the teeth. This slight lengthwise rounding of the tooth sides need not be computed in te design but is taken care of automatically in the cutting operation on the newer types of bevel gear generators.

Zerol Bevel Gear :

The teeth of Zerol bevel gears are curved but lie in the same general direction as teeth of straight bevel gears. They may be thought of as spiral bevel gears of zero spiral angle and are manufactured on the same machines as spiral bevel gears. The face cone elements of Zerol bevel gears do not pass through the pitch cone apex but instead are approximately parallel to the root cone elements of the mating gear to provide uniform tooth clearance.The root cone elements also do not pass through the pitch cone apex because of the manner in which these gears are cut. Zerol bevel gears are used in place of straight bevel gears when generating equipment of the spiral-type but not the straight type is available, and may be used when hardened bevel gears of high accuracy(produced by grinding) are required.

Spiral Bevel Gear :

Spiral bevel gears have curved oblique teeth on which contact begins gradually and continues smoothly from end to end. They mesh with a rolling contact similar to straight bevel gears. As a result of their overlapping tooth action, however, spiral bevel gears will transmit motion more smoothly than straight bevel or Zerol bevel gears, reducing noise and vibration which become especially noticeable at high speeds.

One of the advantages associated with spiral bevel gears is the complete control of the localized tooth contact. By making a slight change in the radii of curvature of the mating tooth surfaces, the amount of surface over which tooth contact takes place can be changed to suit the specific requirements of each job. Localised tooth contact promotes smooth, quiet running spiral bevel gears and permits some mounting deflections without concentrating the load dangerously near either end of the tooth .Permissible deflections established by experience are given under the heading “Mountings for Bevel Gears”.

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